Weight trouble

Erica - posted on 11/16/2010 ( 3 moms have responded )

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My son has recently lost weight. I work 3 days a week and can't pump enough so he is supposed to be on supplements. Well he won't take a bottle from me. We also started him on food too early, 4 months, to boost weight. But since then he lost weight (he was 75% now 25%), I read that breast milk has more calories than food, so maybe that was the wrong decision. His doctor wants me to pump and feed him so he can see exactly how much he is eating, but I don't want to stop nursing. I tried supplementing with different bottles, nipples and cups. Only twice in his life he has taken a couple of ounces of formula from me. I nursed my daughter for 2 1/2 years and she was off the charts big. My husband is 6'5''. I'm trying a tea to boost milk supply. Should I feed him less food now? Thanks in advance for any advice.

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Carolyn - posted on 11/23/2010

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if its only a few ounces, and he has since started crawling ( wow 4 1/2 months thats crazy ! ) he's burning calories at a much higher rate and he is still growing since he is has gained an inch. you might just need to make sure he is getting a full feeding of breastmilk, then offering any solids. if you notice he is not nursing well, cut back the solids because you could be giving him too much solids.



also pumping for a day and giving a bottle to measure intake wont mean the end of nursing, every month for about 3 days leading up to that wonderful time of the month, my son wants nothing to do with my boobs ! so i have to pump and feed him, then when my hormones shift back, he goes on nursing happily like nothing ever happened.

Erica - posted on 11/23/2010

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Thank you Carolyn. He is 6 months. He has started crawling at 4 1/2 months. He has lost only a few ounces, but was supposed to gain. He only grew an inch, he dropped percentiles here too. He has two teeth now, so maybe that affected it too. I'll try your advice and we are weighing him again next week.

Carolyn - posted on 11/16/2010

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how old is he ? have you seen an increase in physical activity ? has he grown in length ? how much weight has he lost ? has he been teething which could affect his appetite ?

you could definitely back off the solids and increase the milk intake. each ounce of solids is supposed to "replace" one ounce of milk. so replace a few ounces of solids with milk.

are you sure he is getting the good fatty hindemilk when nursing ? ( let him feed as long as possible of one breast)

try replacing some of your solids with cereals you mix with breast milk to get those extra calories in there too

maybe try getting someone else to feed him a bottle here and there ? he might take it from them . in your arms he might want the boob instead since they are right there !

if you are feeding him baby jar stuffs., that stuff has nothing in it. you could consider making your own baby food ( it is soooooooooo easy) with high calorie and high nutrient vegetables and fruits. if you want to keep with some solids.

just a few ideas.

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